Vinita Deshmukh
Oh my God! My Anna and people have won!

It is the first big victory for citizen empowerment. It is, hopefully, the beginning of a new India that will go through a cleansing of its governance processes. It is the beginning of a common man’s chance to exist with dignity and self-esteem. It is the beginning of a partnership between people and the political fraternity. It is all because of the courage of one small man, our dear Anna!

Neither the worst scams nor the might of muscle power could strip the thick armour that our politicians wore to keep away from the faceless people who vote them to power. A humble Gandhian with a smile, cheer and patience ripped it off. It is like the rays of the sun that make you shed a warm waistcoat. What a stupendous victory for citizen empowerment!

I thought the day of triumph would be yesterday (August 26) when Anna, who had become the face of the fight against corruption, would have forced a resolution on the anti-corruption bill and break his fast. However, Rahul Gandhi, who stormed into the Parliament after 10 days of complete silence, slammed the Jan Lokpal Bill by talking of `elevating’ the issue to a more superior constitutional body, independent of the government. I said to myself, ``it is as though the flood waters have reached his house and he is talking of rainwater harvesting’’ (I have tweeted this).  I slept disappointed, my heart crying for Anna, left hungry for yet another day.

What will Sunday, August 29 have in store? Pranab Mukherjee’s assurance last night that discussion would be held in the Parliament for a resolution on the three crucial issues that Anna was adamant upon – bringing in the lower bureaucracy under the Lokpal, citizen charter and setting up of state lokayuktas, did not emit much confidence in me as the government, since the last three days, was showing the carrot and then sadistically taking it back, time and again. Nervously, I planned an evening of colorful art, music and prayers in Pune on Saturday, that was dedicated to Anna’s indefatigable spirit, not knowing whether Anna’s health would be a matter of concern by then or there was a miracle in store.

Saturday morning (that is today) began with the flash of `breaking news’ that BJP, the main opposition party, would support the Jan Lokpal Bill. The past few days the BJP had not given precise signals of its stand and so I was a bit worried. As the day progressed, I heard that the Congress too was not only supporting the three crucial points that Anna was adamant about but was ready to go even further.

As one Member of Parliament after another began voicing his or her opinion in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, my eyes welled in tears. What the government  had said was impossible, had become possible. It has said that that the Lokpal bill would only be discussed in the winter session of the Parliament and certainly not in the Monsoon Session.  Politicians across party lines suddenly seem to have melted in the ocean of peoples’ power. The incessant din of ``Anna Hazare Aage Badho’ and `Mein Bhi Anna, Tu Bhi Anna, Ab To Sara Desh Hei Anna’’ – had caught the political establishment by surprise. They had to climb down from their insistence the only they could frame laws. It was like witnessing a miracle where lakhs and lakhs of faceless citizens rallied around one small-built, humble and selfless Gandhian, Anna Hazare.

Just when things seemed to be heading the right way, I broke into a sweat on hearing Prashant Bhushan say that the government was retracting. Indeed, this real life movie seemed to be have more pulsating moments of ecstasy and agony than fiction. Thank God, it finally ended ``happily’’ enough for Anna to finally break his fast.

Indeed, something we never imagined had happened.  India is witnessing the most historic post independence moment of citizen empowerment and victory. We are witnessing the true spirit and meaning of a vibrant democracy. And a defeat to the twisted notion of ``Parliament supremacy.’’ We are witnessing the beginning of a great partnership between the elected representatives and the people, at large.

The past fortnight has seen citizens stepping out of their indifferent oasis into a pro-active, public arena. An angry middle clase has finally been able to vocalise its anger, but in a peaceful, non-violent way. And we have witnessed the firebrand activism of the youth, which accounts for over 65 per cent of our population.

A whole nation has been awakened to the patriotic slogans that brought us our independence.

It was the feisty fight (without violence or arms) between a Gandhi Topi which modestly lived Gandhiji’s philosophy and the oldest political party which pretended to carry Gandhiji’s legacy. The latter had to finally relent and the motto of our National Emblem ``Satyameva Jayate' (Truth Shall Prevail) is suddenly looking a reality. Thank you Anna for your courage of conviction and supreme sacrifice, My heart can’t stop crying for you, this time, in utter happiness and admiration. 

 

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COMMENTS

krish

5 years ago

THE MODERN DAY GANDHI SHOULD B SUPPORTED BY 1&ALL EXCEPT ROGUES&RASCALS!

THAT THIS HAS BECOME A COUNTRY OF ROGUES & RASCALS IS PROOF FOR THIS SUPPORT!

CONGRESS SHOULD BE DEBARRED FROM THE COUNTRY FOR HAVEING LOOTED TRILLIONS FROM MILLIONS OFFICIALLY & UNOFFICIALLY THROUGH CREATING A CORRUPT SYSTEM - THE MASTER CRAFTS(WO)MEN BEING CONGRESS!

DEMOCRACY SHOULD BE REVAMPED.

RNandakumar

5 years ago

Vinitaji,
Thanks a lot for expressing the feelings which is similar to millions of honest Indians. Annaji has not only created a new awarness but also the people's power. That the534 Maharajas we elect every 5 years were made to realise atlast that they represent people and not a fiefdom. The special session of parliament exposed the arrogance of power as well. It is our duty now to see to the successful culmination of JAN LOKPAL BILL.

S kaushik

5 years ago

Better late then never...!!!,
Ultimately politicians could sense the anger & had to succumb to Janata Janardan's demand.
However ,as Anna said this is just the begining , after this Electoral reform is the most important issue need to be addressed which can only put us on right track .

mukesh

5 years ago

THIS SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED SOON AFTER INDEPENDENCE! BUT THE NATION WAS SO MUCH EUPHORIC AFTER IT, THAT IT TOOK OVER 60 YRS. TO DISCOVER, THEY HAVE BEEN TAKEN FOR A GRAND ROYAL RIDE BY THE (MIS)MANAGERS OF THE COUNTRY!

OR, THIS COUNTRY WOULD HAVE BEEN WHERE CHINA IS TODAY - AT THE FOREFRONT IN GLOBAL ARENA!

THE POST-INDEPENDENCE GANDHI HAS SHOWN US THE PATH OF FREEDOM FROM DICTATORS OF THE COUNTRY IN THE GUISE OF DEMOCRACY - MAKING IT THE LARGEST FARCE-O-CRACY OF THE WORLD!

THE PEOPLE SHOULD BE PRO-ACTIVE & ENSURE RULERS & GOVT. ARE ITS PUPPET & NOT VICE VERSA AS HAS BEEN SO FAR!

pvmaiya

5 years ago

The question whether the Parliament is supreme or the people never came to the fore till the infamous 1977 Emergency when the Parliament, the President endorsed the Emergency, took away even the liberty to life and a subdued Supreme court upheld it by a majority with one dissenting vote of Justice Khanna.
This time too, we saw a majority of MPs held a similar view though moderated by stating that people's voice need to be heard, thanks to Anna's movement. But until the MPs get elected by at least 50% of votes polled, unlike the present system of 'First past the post', the equation is clearly in favor of MPs. Hence Election reforms is a must for the People to gain legitimacy vis a vis the tyranny of the elected.

Rajan Vaswani

5 years ago

The Government did yield, but it brought forth egos of the high and mighty. Kapil Sibal, P Chidambaram, Rahul Gandhi... all proved by their conduct and talk that they would not yield an inch to a mass movement. Unfortunately, when elected, they conveniently forget those who brought them there. The public too votes for the same rulers repeatedly, without thinking of the consequences. Getting elected repeatedly has clearly made them so used to the perks of power, that they find it very difficult to let go. After all they made politics their careers, whereas it should have ideally been for selfless national service.

Even PM Manmohan Singh during one of his election speeches in Mumbai, referred to the election of independents as inconsequential in the Parliament. Unfortunately, it is independents who will do a better job in Parliament than a party, if elected. For political parties it is party first, then self and then nation.

Till they pass the correct Lokpal Bill and draw up a plan to make a constitutional amendment, do not assume this to be a victory.

Bounce-back expected: Weekly Market Report

Nifty to move in the range of 4,680 and 5,100

The global slowdown and nervousness ahead of the US Federal Reserve chief's address to a gathering of central bankers from across the world on Friday pulled the market down this week. Concerns over domestic economic growth, the Reserve Bank of India lowering its growth expectations and the worsening paralysis in government following the widening anti-corruption movement, also weighed on investors, resulting in the market losing 2% this week, its fifth straight weekly loss.

The market closed higher on Monday and extended its gains the next day on support from European indices. The downgrade of Japan's sovereign ratings by Moody's pulled Asian markets lower on Wednesday and the Indian market also took a hit. On Thursday, the RBI, in its annual report, expressed concern over domestic growth and indications of a continuation of the tight monetary policy pulled the market further down on the last two trading days.

Overall, the Sensex declined 293 points, closing the week at 15,849, and the Nifty lost 98 points to 4,748. With the Nifty touching its 19-month low on Friday, the market could well regain some growth and some strength to move in the range of 4,680 and 5,100 on the Nifty.

While BSE TECk and BSE Capital Goods settled unchanged, BSE Metal and BSE Bankex declined 5%. There were no gainers in the sectoral list.

The top Sensex gainers this week were Bajaj Auto (up 5%), Bharti Airtel (up 4%), BHEL (up 3%), TCS (up 2%) and Hindustan Unilever (up 1%). The main losers on the index were Coal India (down 9%), Tata Steel, Jaiprakash Associates (down 8% each), State Bank of India and Maruti Suzuki (down 7% each).

The top performers on the Nifty were Bajaj Auto (up 5%), Bharti Airtel (up 4%), BHEL, Dr Reddy's Laboratories (up 3% each) and TCS (up 2%). The major losers were Reliance Capital (down 11%), Sesa Goa (down 9%), Punjab National Bank, Tata Steel and JP Associates (down 8% each).

Food inflation rose again to 9.8% for the week ended 13th August, from 9.03% in the previous week. In its Economic Outlook for 2011-12 published earlier this month, the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council had said that while pressure from food inflation had fallen in recent months, the rate of price rise still remained quite high, with the possibility of a surge in the coming months.

On Thursday, the RBI said India's economic growth could moderate to 8% in the current fiscal, from 8.5% a year ago, due to unfavourable developments. If global financial problems amplify and slow down global growth markedly, it would impart a downward bias to the growth projection, the central bank said.

In global news, US Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke in his speech at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday refrained from announcing any new stimulus initiatives. But he added that should signs fail to materialize soon, the Fed's Open Market Committee would consider additional policy tools at its 20-21 September meeting, which has been extended to two days. Meanwhile, US GDP grew at a much slower rate of 1% in the second quarter, lower than the earlier estimated growth of 1.3%.

Moody's Investors Services on Tuesday downgraded its rating on Japan's bond rating to 'Aa3' from 'Aa2'. The agency said it lowered the rating because of Japan's large budget deficit and growing government debt. On Friday, Japanese prime minister Naoto Kan announced his resignation after almost 15 months in office. Mr Kan's resignation was expected since the devastating 11th March quake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear disaster that sorely tested his leadership, and prompted accusations that he mishandled the crisis.

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SEBI probed 213 scrips to check price rigging: Govt

Under capital issue related manipulation, eight companies were investigated, while 38 firms came under the radar of the market regulator for insider trading. Similarly, two companies were investigated for takeovers in 2009-10 and four the next year

New Delhi: The government on Friday said market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has examined shares of 213 companies in the past 29 months to investigate instances of price rigging and insider trading, reports PTI.

"Certain irregularities in share transactions have come to the notice of SEBI," minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He said that based on complaints, SEBI conducted investigation into shares of 175 companies during fiscals 2009-10 and 2010-11 on charges of market manipulation and price rigging, capital issue related manipulation, and insider trading, among others.

Investigations in 38 scrips were carried in the first five months (till 23rd August) of the current fiscal.

The minister further said that investigations were completed in 146 cases during the last two financial years.

Investigations which have been completed during 2009-10 and 2010-11, include 97 cases related to market manipulation and price rigging, and 25 of insider trading.

Mr Meena further said that following investigations, action was taken against 1,321 entities in the last two fiscals. The action included, warnings, cancellation of certificate of registration of market participants and prohibitive directions among others.

The market regulator had examined shares of 44 companies for market manipulation and price rigging in 2009-10 and 56 in the following fiscal.

Under capital issue related manipulation, eight companies were investigated, while 38 firms came under the radar of the market regulator for insider trading. Similarly, shares of two companies were investigated for takeovers in 2009-10 and four the next year.

Companies whose shares were investigated in the 29 month- period beginning April 1, 2009, include, PNB, Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, NTPC and Hindalco.

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